Autosomal recessive spastic ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay (ARSACS) - A Polish family with novel SACS mutations.

Research paper by Magdalena M Krygier, Agnieszka A Konkel, Michał M Schinwelski, Małgorzata M Rydzanicz, Anna A Walczak, Magdalena M Sildatke-Bauer, Rafał R Płoski, Jarosław J Sławek

Indexed on: 28 Aug '17Published on: 28 Aug '17Published in: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska


Autosomal recessive spastic ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay (ARSACS) is a rare hereditary ataxia, characterized by the triad of early-onset cerebellar ataxia, peripheral sensorimotor neuropathy and lower limb spasticity. Although ARSACS is increasingly reported worldwide, we present the first Polish family with a comprehensive clinical and neuropsychological assessment, harboring two novel mutations in the SACS gene. Our results demonstrate the variability in cognitive and behavioral profiles in ARSACS, which is in line with other heredodegenerative ataxias. One should be aware of ARSACS in cases of autosomally recessive inherited ataxias without common mutations.